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George Will: Republicans Will Forget Trump "Fairly Fast" When He Loses The Election

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George Will predicted President Donald Trump will lose reelection and the Republican party will have amnesia about the name Trump in the future. In an interview with MSNBC's Joy Reid on Wednesday, the syndicated columnist said he hopes Trump loses because the Republican party needs a "time out."

"I'm fairly confident that he will be defeated, Mr. Trump will be defeated, in the election. And the next morning, a lot of Republicans will say, Trump? I don't recognize the name. They'll get over this fairly fast," Will said on MSNBC.

"Our parties are very durable," he said. "Our two parties have formulated the political competition in this country since the Republicans first ran a presidential ticket in 1856. The Republican party will survive. What the Republican party needs like we parents say when dealing with an intractable child, it needs a timeout, and I think they're going to get one."


JOY REID, MSNBC HOST: What do you make of General Mattis, who has been very tight-lipped about Donald Trump? He has not criticized barely at all, even in his book, now coming out and calling Donald Trump nothing less than a threat to the constitution. Is it just distance, is it time, or is it a reflex to defend the military. What do you think that is?

GEORGE WILL, SYNDICATED COLUMNIST: I think we have to understand that a Marine general, steeped in the code of civilian control, steeped in control of keeping the military, even the ex-military out of politics, had to be provoked long and hard to go against all the instincts learned under a 50-year military career, to intervene in politics. I salute him for doing so, and I honor him for his reluctance to do so. That makes his timely intervention now all the more forceful.

REID: Do you think -- what may be the consequences if Republican voters listen to you and say, you know what, it's time to say no, let's get rid of every single Republican in the Senate that they are capable of voting out? What will happen to the Republican party? Do you foresee a time when Republicans develop amnesia about having been so solicitous of Donald Trump? Or what happens to that party long-term?

WILL: I'm fairly confident that he will be defeated, Mr. Trump will be defeated, in the election. And the next morning, a lot of Republicans will say, Trump? I don't recognize the name. They'll get over this fairly fast. Our parties are very durable. Our two parties have formulated the political competition in this country since the Republicans first ran a presidential ticket in 1856. The Republican party will survive. What the Republican party needs like we parents say when dealing with an intractable child, it needs a time-out, and I think they're going to get one.


In July 2015, George Will said Trump could be a Democratic party mole.

In March 2016, Will said we have "passed peak Trump" and that Sen. Ted Cruz had the best chance to win.

In June 2016, George Will doubted large crowds for "political amateur" Trump at rallies would translate to votes.

In November 2016, George Will, doubting Trump's victory, said Republicans would be better off losing by a landslide, and that a narrow defeat would be "the worst conceivable outcome."
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